911 calls, body camera video released after deadly shooting in Tempe

Posted at 9:26 PM, Jun 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-28 01:36:00-04

Tempe police have released body camera video and 911 calls from a deadly shooting that happened near Price Road and Apache Boulevard last month.

Police said officers responded to a "very active" situation, where three people had multiple gunshot wounds. Two of the victims were found inside the building and a third was found in the backyard.

Lt. Mike Pooley, spokesman for Tempe police department, said two men got into an argument and then one of them pulled out a gun and began shooting. A third person, who Pooley described as a "Good Samaritan," took out a weapon and began shooting at the gunman, but was also hit in the exchange.

All three were taken to the hospital. One man, identified as 34-year-old Gregory Wheeler, died. The other two are still hospitalized, but their names have not been released.

The 911 calls started coming in just seconds after the gunfire.

"I've been shot, I've been shot,” Wheeler said.

When Wheeler called, you could hear his struggle on the phone.

"I've been shot in the stomach," Wheeler said.

Dispatchers tried to get as much information as possible.

'Where is the person who did it?" the dispatcher asked.

"He's been shot," said Wheeler.

Police found the suspect in the kitchen, and a gun was found nearby. Wheeler was found shot in the chest in a bedroom. Video shows first responders carrying Wheeler out, but he was not responding.

Wheeler's father told ABC15 that his son was a counselor who worked with and counseled drug addicts. He had been called out to the property Thursday night.

Police called the entire ordeal a complicated investigation as there were so many people at the scene. Ten people, all believed to be homeless, were detained at the scene for questioning.

Pooley said there is a main house, a large yard and a small house on the property. He said many homeless people camp out there.

A resident who lived in the house closest to the street said he rented the home and had just learned that the property had been sold a couple months ago.  As soon as the property was sold, he said he noticed a lot of people started coming and going from the property and the tent city sprouted up in the backyard.

"We tried to get them to stop coming, but the police wouldn't do nothing about it, so we couldn't do nothing about it either," said the neighbor, who did not want to be identified.

Police said they've responded to several complaints at the property, including loud music, noise, trespassing, loose animals and fights.